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Ministry argued that the compensations for the Mavi Marmara Incident constitutes ‘unlawful income.’

The government challenged the 20 Million dollars Israel agreed to pay to the families of Turkish citizens who were killed on Comoros-flagged passenger ship Mavi Marmara. According to news reported in Duvar website, the Ministry of Finance argued for refusing the payments, claiming that it would be “unlawful income.”

İbrahim Özdiş, PM of CHP, made a statement about the court case. During the press conference Mr. Özdiş held at the parliament, he reminded the press that Israel agreed to compensate the families. Özdiş said that $20 million was deposited into the government’s account to be paid to the relatives of killed people, on the October 1st incident. The ministry refused to make payments to the families who decided to take the issue to court. “The Ministry of Finance -unfortunately- argued that the compensations would constitute unlawful income, and demanded the court to dismiss the trial.’

According to Özdiş’s statements, in this case, due to the ‘Rule of connected authority,’ the government needs to pay the compensation to the families. “The Ministry of Finance that represents the state interestingly is arguing as if there is no agreement and no paid monies to the families’ accounts, they wanted the court to dismiss the case just like an ordinary trial of compensation. Almost like they said ‘We agreed, took the cash and you can keep trying to get it from the state!” Mr. Özdiş said.

Ebru Aksay Edited by Jane Bannerman

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